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Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was interrupted on the Senate floor Monday by anti-torture protesters demanding and chanting for prosecutions from details uncovered in the CIA torture report. 

The demonstrators made entry as visitors to the Senate floor and began shouting “U.S. torture, it’s official, prosecute now!” as they were quickly muted and removed from the room. Durbin immediately ceased speaking until the chants of “prosecute now” were heard from outside the Senate floor. 

Eleven of the protesters were arrested by Capitol Police as other visitors to the Senate gallery were warned that more outbursts would lead to their arrest, “You’re here as a guest of the United States Senate.” 

This comes just days after two anti-torture protestors were arrested at the Virginia home of former Vice President Dick Cheney. Twenty prisoners, many in prison jumpsuits, walked onto his McLean property Saturday to mark the 14th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba, Reuters reports. 

Additional protestors went to the home of CIA Director John Brennan. 

Two members who refused to leave the premises by police were arrested on misdemeanor trespassing and disorderly conduct charges, said police.
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House On Track To Easily Pass Keystone XL Oil Pipeline Bill

The Republican-controlled House is on track to easily pass a bill Friday to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, and this time, the Senate may follow.

11/14/2014

Obama Speaking

White House: Obama Takes A ‘Dim View’ Of Legislative Efforts To Force Action On Keystone XL Pipeline

A political gambit by an endangered Senate Democrat broke loose long-stalled legislation to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline as the lame-duck Congress returned to a Capitol where results of last week’s GOP blowout are still sinking in.

11/13/2014

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New GOP Senators Show Moderated, Cooperative Tone

New Republican senators who sometimes breathed tea-party fire as candidates are adopting a more moderate tone as they enter Congress.

11/12/2014

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. (credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Senate Republicans: Defeating Reid In 2016 Will Be A Top Priority

Senate Republicans, riding high after capturing the majority, said Wednesday that a top priority in 2016 will be defeating Democratic leader Harry Reid.

11/12/2014

Joe Manchin Speaking

Manchin: ‘That’s Bulls***’ If Dems Try to Block GOP’s Agenda Over Next 2 Years

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., won’t put up with his party if they try to block the Republicans’ Senate agenda over the next two years.

11/12/2014

The US Senate side of the US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, November 5, 2014. Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate on Tuesday. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Alaska To Begin Counting More Than 53,000 Ballots

Alaska will begin counting more than 53,000 absentee and questioned ballots on Tuesday in an effort to resolve the state’s unsettled contests for the Senate and for governor.

11/10/2014

File photo of Sen. John McCain. (credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

McCain Leaning Toward Running For Re-Election In 2016 When He Turns 80

Republican Sen. John McCain said Thursday he is preparing for a strong primary challenge if he moves ahead with a re-election bid in 2016.

11/07/2014

Senate Foreign Relations Committee ranking member Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) questions witnesses from the State and Treasury departments during a hearing about the ongoing P-5+1 talks with Iran in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on July 29, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Corker: Obama ‘Has Undermined Any Real Attempt To Solve Immigration Issue’ Due To Executive Order

Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker on Thursday criticized members of his own party for launching political attacks against those trying to overhaul immigration laws.

11/07/2014

The US Senate side of the US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, November 5, 2014. Republicans captured a majority in the US Senate on Tuesday. (credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

W.Va. Senator Switches Parties, Giving GOP Control

Democratic Sen. Daniel Hall said he switched to the Republican party Wednesday, a move that will help the GOP secure a majority in the upper chamber of the West Virginia Legislature.

11/05/2014

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) celebrates with his wife Elaine Chao at his election night event November 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Photo by Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

McConnell: ‘The Senate Needs To Be Fixed’

Sen. Mitch McConnell, the probable next Senate Majority Leader, believes “the Senate needs to be fixed.”

11/05/2014

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